19 August 2014

Happy Place.


In my happy place, aka family cottage on Lake Michigan. Back with posts in a bit. Enjoy the last throes of summer. 

08 August 2014

31/52

This week has been full of fun times, especially since my good friend, Amy is visiting with her oldest son, Dylan. Lots of boys playing and giggling has ensued. Click through for a few boy filled pictures.

05 August 2014

Taste it: Blueberry Buckle

Over the weekend we went blueberry picking. So now you have a bundle of berries and what do you do with them? Make blueberry buckle! What is blueberry buckle you say? It is like a crumble or a grunt or a cobbler or a brown betty...whatever you want to call it, it is delicious. I love this recipe for many reasons. Not only is it easy and yummy but it is also steeped in memories for me. I always makes me think of my "happy place" aka the Little Cottage on Lake Michigan and all of the wonderful people who are still on those shores and those who are no longer there. This recipe originally came from a dear family friend, Mrs. Brewer who lived next door and was always there with a smile and a quippy comment. 

So keep reading for the delightful and easy recipe that always gets cheers in my house and is at its best served warm with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

Gather:
2-3 pints of blueberries
lemon zest
1 stick butter
1cup flour
3/4-1 cup granulated sugar
1/2 cup oats
sprinkle of cinnamon + nutmeg

Do:
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
Cut together; butter, flour, sugar + oats. Add cinnamon and nutmeg. Grease pan with butter, toss berries and zest. Top with crumble. Sprinkle top with a dash of cinnamon. Bake 30-40 mins until everything bubbles. Cool and serve with a scoop of ice cream. yum!
dry ingredients pre-mixed

buttery, crumbly goodness. (i added almonds just because).

ready to go in the oven. we dove in before I could get an "after" picture but trust me it was awesome.

04 August 2014

Make it: building stamps.


Have you ever heard of Brit + Co? It is a fun site that gathers craft, style, recipes, and technology ideas from all over the web and curates them into one, fun easy to navigate daily email blast.  I found this awesome stamp craft idea through Brit + Co from Mermag, which is an amazing blog on its own right. This is an easy, nap friendly craft that creates a set of stamps to use to create fun, whimsical landscapes. I hope Oliver enjoys them as much as I have! 
Click through for the easy directions. 

01 August 2014

Link it: Clean Eats


happy Friday everyone! After taking Oliver to camp this morning I struck off to one of my favourite local spots, Porter Square Books to browse and get a coffee from Cafe Zing. I have been reading a bit about "clean" eating and although I do not think I can give up all gluten or sugar but I am interested in finding ways to incorporate some of the clean eating aspects into our house. I really liked this book because it is not a cleanse or a dictatorial tone of only eating one way rather than is a compilation of recipes that I can use as inspiration and follow along some of the concepts of clean eating. 


31 July 2014

Love it: 1/3200th of second

how amazing are these images? and the best part, nothing is photoshopped! just a couple of photographers from the Floto+Warner studio who wanted to freeze a small moment in time, "momentary graffiti of air and space". I love how impermanent these "sculptures" are and that they are captured with the essence of photography, the ability to freeze a moment, to take a snapshot and create the beautiful shot. 



30 July 2014

30/52

I cannot believe that we are already at 30 weeks in this 52 week project. Oliver is growing and changing all the time it seems. Things that Oliver loves currently are: books; he always has a bundle of them in his bed, going for walks (usually trying to procure a doughnut), recently telling me is favourite thing to do is "playing super hard". He is such a sweet boy with a bit of a dictatorial streak and he like to be the leader with games and struggles at times with the construct of loosing so has decided that most things end in a tie. Silly bug.